26 June 2020 – today’s press release

Lib Dems: Govt failing to stop spread of coronavirus in prisons

Responding to the latest Government statistics on COVID-19 in Prison and Probation Service in England and Wales, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said:

With more than 500 prisoners testing positive for coronavirus, but only 175 being released early, it is clear the Government aren’t taking seriously the spread of the virus in our prisons. They have completely failed to end overcrowding in prisons, allowing them to become a crucible for the disease.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Liberal Democrats have been clear it is impossible to practice safe social distancing in prisons whilst they remain so overcrowded.

Ministers need to release all low-risk prisoners serving short sentences and suspend any new short sentences to alleviate the severe overcrowding. Otherwise the Government will continue to not only fail prisoners, but prisons staff, and their communities.

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6 Comments

  • Peter Martin 27th Jun '20 - 8:08am

    I’m not sure if it has escaped the attention of the Lib Dems, or perhaps it has been dismissed as an “antisemitic conspiracy theory,” but according to normally reliable sources, Israel is about to annex large parts of the West Bank.

    Lib Dems might want to say something about this.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53139808

  • Alex Macfie 27th Jun '20 - 8:24am

    Peter Martin: And how exactly iis that relevant to the topic of the post?

  • Alex Macfie 27th Jun ’20 – 8:24am………..Peter Martin: And how exactly iis that relevant to the topic of the post?……

    It’s not, but it needs reporting. Where would you like it posted?

  • richard underhill 27th Jun '20 - 9:31am

    “US President Donald Trump’s peace plan” is a contradiction in terms.
    He should stand down and allow the Vice President to contest the election on their record.

  • richard underhill 27th Jun '20 - 9:52am

    “Ros sits on the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, a deeply obscure Parliamentary Committee which consists of members of both Houses, and its role is to consider statutory instruments made in exercise of powers granted by Act of Parliament. One of the key aspects is to decide whether or not a Statutory Instrument is ultra vires or not.”
    It is good to see that this committee exists.
    Please remember that Dominic Cummings is an adviser.

  • richard underhill 27th Jun '20 - 10:04am

    Sorry: “ultra vires” is not English or Welsh, but might be translated as “Out of Order!!!”.
    Lawyers, MPs and Peers are likely to understand it as “Beyond Powers”.
    I will try not to do that again, somehow it slipped into common parlance.

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